Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya has set target of 15 million foreign tourists for Indonesia in 2017, according to the Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry’s website. The target’s a solid 25% increase from the 12 million target of 2016, which is yet to be confirmed.
National tourism arrivals up to the end of October 2016 were recorded at 9.413 million – a number equivalent to year-on-year growth of 9.54%.
While that rate of growth applied to total foreign tourist arrivals in 2015 of 10.4 million results in only 11.4 million tourists, Minister Yahya said that the total number of foreign visitors - when the total formal count is made - will equal 12 million. The Ministry also said that the tourism sector contributed 11% to the Nation’s GDP in 2016 and created 11.8 million jobs.
“These significant achievements have strengthened Indonesia’s resolve to aim even higher by raising our goals and targets for 2017 to 15 million international arrivals – or a growth rate of 25% - and on to 20 million arrivals in 2019,” he said.